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The German Socio-Economic Panel

Updated 5/16/22

Country: Germany

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range:

  • Children / adolescents

  • Early adulthood or midlife

  • Aging adults

Number of participants at baseline: 11,000

Year of initial enrollment: 1984

Number of data collection waves: 37, data collection ongoing

Measures of well-being:

  • Positive psychological well-being (overall / multidimensional)

  • Life satisfaction

Quantity of well-being measures (e.g., number of constructs, number of times of well-being was assessed:  Low

Quality of well-being measures (e.g., were measures reliable and valid in the study population): Low

Measures of physical health: Self-rated / questionnaire-based health

Access information: This dataset is available to all researchers. Researchers must submit an application to access this data. There are no fees required to access this dataset.

Notable Citation: Guven C & Saloumidis R. (2014). Life satisfaction and longevity: longitudinal evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel. German Economic Review, 15(4), 453-472.

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